Where has the time gone?

Can you believe that it is the end of October already? I continue to be amazed at the quality, and quantity, of activities and learning opportunities that happen each and every day at Argyle. This is truly a wonderful place!

Personally, the learning curve for me has been a steep one moving into the world of elementary school, however, I want to publicly thank our staff who have made the transition a smooth one for me. We are truly blessed to have such amazing people working here who care deeply about our students, our staff, and our building.

A few of the highlights for me personally since we have started:

  • The SCC Welcome Back Potluck and Meet the Teacher Night was an event that truly demonstrated what a culturally diverse and supportive community we have. Many thanks to our SCC for their work in hosting.IMG_0151
  • Seeing the many joyful Gators involved at both the qualifying event and the city-championship Cross-Country races
  • The Terry Fox Run was participated in by all students and staff and a wonderful afternoon walk followed the raising of over $650 for this tremendous cause.
  • Education week featured “Books, Bagels, and Belonging” an event that was very well attended by families and students which focused all of our attention on reading together accompanied by a simple breakfast.IMG_0247
  • The Smash Volleyball Tournament hosted by Sheldon Williams Collegiate was a lot of fun for both of our teams as they were welcomed into our family of school high school. Both teams represented us very well!

All of these things were truly representative of the inclusive nature we desire for this community.

An ongoing concern for me as I watch the daily comings and goings of our students is their personal safety. There are a few safety areas that I would like us all to consider. As students are being dropped off and picked up by busses and parents, the traffic on Lakeview Avenue is an ongoing issue as many of our students are not always as attentive as they need to be crossing streets. Please encourage your sons and daughters to be more aware of what is going around them and to cross the street at corners and definitely not in front of, or behind, cars in the street. Further, to traffic safety, please do not use the staff parking lot for drop offs or pickups as all of the spots are assigned – if a spot is empty there is likely a staff member coming to use it. I’m sure many students will be out for Halloween and I would be remiss if I didn’t encourage all of our students to use their best judgment around decisions being made – travel as a group, don’t eat any suspicious looking treats, use flashlights or glow sticks to be as visible as possible – ultimately, think safety first.

Some upcoming events to be aware of:

  • School Assembly featuring the “Monster Mash” and a “Thriller” dance presentation October 29th 1045am
  • SCC Family Dance October 30th 630-830pm
  • SCC meeting November 2nd 630-800pm
  • Professional Development Day November 6th – No school for students
  • Remembrance Day Program November 10th 2:45pm – guests welcome
  • Picture Retakes November 13th
  • Term 1 Progress Reports – November 20th
  • 3 Way Conferences – November 26th – No regular classes

Please feel free to contact me anytime via email at mick.panko@rbe.sk.ca or stop by the school for a chat.




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